Not to be upstaged by its numerous diners, Detroit has an abundance of excellent delis ranging from Italian markets serving sub sandwiches to full-service Jewish delicatessens serving matzo ball soup and hot pastrami on rye. To the west in Ann Arbor, one of the nation’s best-known delicatessens, Zingerman’s, continues to draw tourists and townies.
Detroit’s classic delicatessens has even sparked innovation, such as in the case of Asian Corned Beef — a deli that serves corned beef inside fried egg roll wrappers. Within the past several years, the area has seen a small resurgence in modern Italian delicatessens, too. Restaurants such as Rocco’s Italian Deli sell made-to-order sandwiches as well as meat, cheese, and salads by the pound. In this guide, find a selection of the best of all camps from deli institutions specializing in Reuben sandwiches to neighborhood lunch destinations with deli meats stacked on fresh onion rolls.